• Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin hasn't fought in awhile, but never said he was retiring, just yet. Now, it looks like the UFC star is close to signing with Asian MMA promotion ONEFC, as an executive.

    According to UFC president Dana White, that possibility hasn't strained relations with Franklin. In fact, being a vice-president at ONEFC wouldn't even preclude Franklin fighting again in the UFC.

    "You know, we have a good relationship with Rich. Rich got offered a really good opportunity to go work with those guys and I'm happy for him," White said at the UFC on Fox 11 post-event press conference.

    "Hey listen, how can be upset with a guy for trying to better his life or taking a great opportunity somewhere? You can't. It's the sneaky guys that lie to your face and all that stuff."

    Should Franklin want to fight again, he's still under contract with the UFC and White seemed to suggest that they'd be happy giving him another bout. "He's still under contract to fight, if he

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  • This past weekend saw a lot of great story lines and we are here to give you the good and the bad of it. Here are our winners and losers from the past week in golf.

    Winners

    Matt Kuchar — The past four weeks have been an interesting stretch for Kuchar, who continued to get in the hunt over the weekend at each event but couldn't close on Sunday and was searching for his first win in 2014. This time, on Sunday at the RBC Heritage, it was Kuchar who was forced to chase the leaders, and his Sunday 64 was highlighted by this incredible bunker shot he holed on the 18th hole for the birdie and the eventual one-shot victory. 

    Michelle Wie — It might have been a disappointing conclusion two weeks ago for Wie at the opening major of the LPGA season, but it didn't take her long to bounce back and show just how incredible she is playing this season. Wie's final round 67 was good enough for a third LPGA win over the weekend in Hawaii, showing that all the work she has put in her game is really

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  • Rota with Sister May and Chiara. Image copyright Bob Guerrero.

    One day a few months ago in Emperador, Azkals coach Thomas Dooley was taking in the UFL action action. On the pitch a tall, powerful defender caught his eye.

    The American coach circled the name “Simone Rota” on the start sheet and scribbled down “good back-up,” presumably to give cover to veteran centerbacks Rob Gier and Juani Guirado. But soon after, Dooley was using Rota more than just an insurance. The Filipino-Italian was starting at right back in full international matches for the Azkals against Malaysia and Azerbaijan, then recently, against Nepal as well.

    The caps were a culmination of a strange and wonderful story that began 29 years ago here in Metro Manila when a young Filipina, very much in distress, handed over her months-old baby to an Italian Franciscan nun doing charity work in the Philippines.

    “He was a well-nourished baby” recalls Sister May Memorial, who saw the little Simone back then when she was still a young nun. The baby was eventually shipped over to Italy to

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  • Raheem Sterling scored twice in Liverpool's 3-2 win over Norwich, keeping them in control of the Premier League title race. After the match, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had high praise for the 19-year-old winger, saying, “He is the best young player in European football at the moment. At 19 years of age you don’t see anyone better. His intelligence with the ball, his movement and he’s scoring goals." And with performances like this when Liverpool need them most, Sterling is forcing himself into consideration for a World Cup spot. So here is all the information you need to know about him.

    -He was born in Jamaica and emigrated to England at the age of five (with his mother — he wasn't just an adventures five-year-old).

    -At the age of 15, a combination of scouting reports, a recommendation from former Liverpool academy director Frank McParland and an appearance on the Skills Skool segment of Sky Sports' Soccer AM helped then manager Rafa Benitez convince the club to buy Sterling

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  • My apologies for not having had the opportunity to squeeze in some writing during my recently concluded family vacation, but I guess most of you have been kept abreast of the goings on at the 17th Princess Cup-Chang Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship in Nakhom Pathom, Thailand.

    A break in the action: the Power Pinays enjoy a brief respite from non-stop competition (Photo: Michelle Datuin)

    Yes, the PLDT TVolution-Philippines squad have lost three successive matches in straight sets against three Asian powerhouses in defending titlists Bohai Bank Tianjin-China, the Chinese Taipei national team and Zhetyssu-Kazakhstan—in that order, too.

    Today (April 21st), the Power Pinays formalize their entry into the quarterfinal round as they take on lowly VAS-Singapore in their final preliminary round match with the impending propelling them into a knockout match against undefeated Group A pacesetter Hisamitsu Springs-Japan.

    April 18—CHN def. PHI, 25-15, 25-16, 25-17

    After the spirited opening day triumph against KSEB-India, the Power Pinays had their hands full against the taller and craftier

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  • CHICAGO – The Chicago Bulls aren’t exactly world-beaters. With Derrick Rose sidelined for the season, nobody is confusing this team for a championship contender in 2014, but teams should still be warned against attempting to beat the Bulls at their own game. That’s exactly what the Washington Wizards did on Sunday night, though, pairing tough defense with a highly developed frontcourt attack to down Chicago, 102-93, stealing home-court advantage and Game 1 of their first-round playoff series along the way.

    Chicago was up by as many as 13 points in the third quarter before Washington started chipping away at the lead using the same hallmarks that made the first half a competitive back and forth. The Wizards ran the offense through Nene, the oft-injured but versatile big man with seven years of playoff experience under his 31-year-old belt. He finished with 24 points, his third-highest output of the season at the exact right time, tossing in eight rebounds and several hockey assists

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  • The Charlotte Bobcats entered the NBA playoffs without a single national TV appearance during the 2013-14 season. In their first game in front of that wide audience, one player produced arguably the single most impressive play of the postseason so far.

    Less than a minute into the fourth quarter of Sunday's series-opening game against the defending champion Miami Heat, forward Josh McRoberts slipped past LeBron James, took a pass from teammate Luke Ridnour, and unloaded on Heat big man Chris "Birdman" Andersen for the emphatic posterization. (All Josh McRoberts posters are on perpetual discount, by the way.) Check out the video below:

    Unfortunately for the Bobcats, this play was not representative of the rest of the game. Although Charlotte held a third-quarter lead, Miami took control with an 18-4 fourth-quarter run to grab a 99-88 win and a 1-0 series advantage. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 50 points on 18-of-32 shooting, while Al Jefferson was the Bobcats' top performer

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  • Matt Kuchar has made a habit of falling short in PGA Tour events this season, but that all changed on Sunday at the RBC Heritage thanks to an incredible shot on his final hole of the tournament.

    Just two weeks removed from a pitch shot that won the Shell Houston Open for Matt Jones, Kuchar faced a bunker shot on the 18th hole on Sunday at Harbour Town Golf Links that will be in the running for golf shot of the year.

    Kuchar, who made six birdies on his way out on Sunday for a front nine 30, made his first bogey of the day on the 17th hole, and it looked like that shot could ruin his chances of a seventh PGA Tour win. But after his second shot on the 18th hole found the greenside bunker, it was up to Kuchar to try and get it up and down for a final round 65 and an outside chance at a playoff.

    He did himself one better, knocking that bunker shot in the hole for the unexpected birdie and a 64 for Kuchar, who had to wait out the rest of the guys on the course to see if he could finally win

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  • Well hello there.

    I see you've caught me scoring a brilliant goal with the least amount of effort possible. Does this make your body quiver? It should. People often ask why I don't exert myself more on the pitch. Well, the answer is simple. First, because I don't need to. And second, because I would rather save my energy for more sensual endeavors after the match. Consider that a formal invitation. Ha-HA!

    Many of my Berba-babes are calling this "the most Dimitar Berbatov goal ever," but this is not true. For a goal to earn that title, it must be scored from a hot tub filled with mayonnaise on a nude beach at dusk while I am wearing a monacle and a cumberbun and my cousin Timitar Berbatov films it using a vintage camera. And the football used must be made of eagle feathers and latex.

    I would say I am trying very hard to make that shared fantasy of ours come true, but we both know I don't have to. Ha-HA!

    (Getty)

    Join us again next time for another chapter in the life of...The Continental...

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  • The beginning of the NBA postseason is typically a joyous time around the sport, but this year's festivities have been marked by some uncharacteristic sadness. On Tuesday night, Craig Sager Jr. announced his father, TNT reporter Craig Sager, had been diagnosed with leukemia. Sager, a fixture on broadcasts for decades and known around the culture for his colorful wardrobe, will miss the entire postseason while undergoing treatment.

    For Sunday's opening broadcast of TNT's postseason coverage, the entire crew decided to pay tribute to their absent colleague. That included a special interview with Sager's greatest antagonist, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. For the on-court interview between the third and fourth quarters of Game 1 between the top-seeded Spurs and their in-state rival Dallas Mavericks, Craig Sager II took the microphone to speak to Popovich. Take a look (via The Point Forward):

    Popovich and the elder Sager are well-known for their testy interviews, although

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